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Nancy Jackson

Jackson, Nancy L.
Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
126 York Building
About Me

Nancy L. Jackson is a professor of coastal geomorphology at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is internationally known for her research on research focuses on understanding the processes of sediment erosion and deposition on beaches and foredunes in estuarine and ocean environments.Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. National Park System, NATO, German Academic Exchange Service and National Geographic. She has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles. She is an associate editor of Estuaries and Coasts and of the Journal of Coastal Research. She currently serves on the Geographical Sciences Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.


PhD, Rutgers University–New Brunswick (Geography)

MSc, Antioch University (Resource Management and Administration)

BA, Clark University (Geography)

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2014
Fulbright Scholar, Department of Physics and Earth Science, University of Ferrara, 2013-2014
Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Education, College of Science and Liberal Arts, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2008
R.J. Russell Award, Association of American Geographers, Coastal and Marine Specialty Group, 2007
Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Departimento di Interateneo Territorio, Politecnico di Torino, 2004-2005
Best Article Award, National Council for Geographic Education (related to teaching at the secondary level), 1998

The web link below contains information and presentation recordings from the 44thBinghamton Geomorphology Symposium on Coastal Geomorphology and Restoration held at NJIT in October 2013.
Research Interests

My research is broadly focused on understanding the processes of sediment erosion and deposition on beaches and dunes on exposed ocean coasts and estuarine environments. I conduct instrumented field investigations to better understand sediment transport by wind and waves on beach and dune morphology.

I have conducted research and published findings on problems such as:

1. The effect of moisture content and beach width on aeolian sediment entrainment and transport across backshores,

2. The role of human development on the backshore in altering aeolian sediment transport from beaches to foredunes,

3. Predicting longshore sediment transport by wave and swash processes on low energy beaches, and

4. Understanding how beach processes mediate biotic-geomorphic interactions across estuarine foreshores.

Selected Publications

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom. 2018. Aeolian sediment transport on a recovering storm-eroded foredune with sand fences. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43:1310-1320.

Pranzini, E., L. Rossi, G. Lami, N.L. Jackson, K.F. Nordstrom. 2018. Reshaping beach morphology by modifying offshore breakwaters. Ocean and Coastal Management 154, 168-177.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson. 2018. Offshore aeolian transport across a human modified foredune. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43,195-201.

Jackson, N.L., E.J. Farrell, K.F. Nordstrom. 2107. Longshore sediment transport and foreshore change in the swash zone of an estuarine beach. Marine Geology 386, 88-97.

Kaplan, K.L., K.F. Nordstrom, N.L. Jackson. 2016. Constraints on aeolian sediment transport to foredunes within an undeveloped backshore enclave on a developed coast. Geomorphology 271, 13-21.

Geng, X., M.C.Boufadel, N.L. Jackson. 2016. Salt accumulation in beach intertidal zone due to evaporation. Nature-Scientific Reports 6, 31486.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, S. Saini and D.R. Smith. 2015. Influence of configuration of bulkheads on use of estuarine beaches by horseshoe crabs and foraging shorebirds. Environmental Earth Sciences. 74, 5749–5758.

Jackson, N.L.,M.D. Harley, C. Amaroli, K.F. Nordstrom, 2015. Beach morphologies induced by breakwaters with different orientations. Geomorphology, 239, 48-57.

Pelletier, J.D., D.J. Sherman, J.T. Ellis, E.J. Farrell, N.L. Jackson, B. Li, K.F. Nordstrom, L.P. Maia, and M. Omidyeganeh. 2015. Dynamics of sediment storage and release on dune slip faces: A field study in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. 120, 1911-1934.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, D.R. Smith, and S. Saini. 2014. Delivery and movement of horseshoe crab eggs (Limulus polyphemus) in the breaking waves and swash uprush of an estuarine foreshore, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 136: 191-198.

Geng, X., M.C. Boufadel, Y. Xia, H. Li, L. Zhao and N.L. Jackson. 2014. Numerical study of wave effects on groundwater flow and solute transport in a laboratory beach. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 165, 37-52.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, R.A. Feagin and W.K. Smith. 2013. Coastal geomorphology and restoration. Geomorphology, 199: 1-7.

Nordstrom, K.F. and N.L. Jackson. 2013. Removing shore protection structures to facilitate migration of landforms and habitats on the bayside of a barrier spit. Geomorphology, 199: 179-191.

Pranzini, E., V. Rosas, N.L. Jackson, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Beach changes due to sediment delivered by streams to pocket beaches during a major flood. Geomorphology, 199: 36-47.

Freire, P., N.L. Jackson, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Defining beaches and their evolutionary states in estuaries. Journal of Coastal Research SI65: 482-487.

Jackson, N.L. and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Aeolian sediment transport and morphologic change on a managed and an unmanaged foredune. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38: 413-420.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, A. Freestone, K.H. Korotky and J.A. Puleo. 2012. Effects of beach raking and sand fences on dune dimensions and morphology. Geomorphology. 179: 106-115.

Nordstrom, K.F. and N.L. Jackson, 2012. Physical processes and landforms on beaches in short fetch environments in estuaries, small lakes and reservoirs: a review. Earth Science Reviews, 111: 232-247.

Saini, S., N.L. Jackson and K.F. Nordstrom. 2012. Characteristics of sediment in transport on a steep estuarine foreshore, Sedimentology, 59: 1001-1013.

Smith, D.R., N.L. Jackson, K.F. Nordstrom and R. Weber. 2011. Beach characteristics mitigate effects of onshore wind on horseshoe crab spawning: implications for matching with shorebird Migration in Delaware Bay. Animal Conservation, 14: 575-584.

Jackson, N.L. and K.F. Nordstrom. 2011. Aeolian sediment transport on managed coastal systems: a review. Aeolian Research. 3: 181-196.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, N.C. Kraus, T.W. Kana, R. Bearce, L.M. Bocamazo, D.R. Young and H.A. DeButts. 2011. Enhancing geomorphic and biologic functions and values on backshores and dunes of developed shores: a review of opportunities and constraints. Environmental Conservation. 38: 288-302.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, K.H. Korotky, and J.A. Puleo. 2011. Aeolian transport rates across raked and unraked beaches on a developed coast. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36: 779-789.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, S. Saini, and D.R. Smith. 2010. Effects of nourishment on the form and function of an estuarine beach. Ecological Engineering, 36: 1709-1718.